Thursday, February 5, 2009

Dave Harris and His Powerhouse Five - Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals

  • Powerhouse
  • The Toy Trumpet
  • The Penguin
  • Boy Scout in Switzerland
  • The Happy Farmer
  • War Dance for Wooden Indians
  • Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals
  • In an Eighteenth Century Drawing Room
  • Siberian Sleigh Ride
  • Wreckless Night Aboard an Ocean Liner
  • Minuet in Jazz
  • Twilight in Turkey
new link

Raymond Scott breathed fresh life into what looked to be on paper, a limiting art form, Big-Band. The muted horn and the dreamlike Celeste, permeate Scott's music. These are signature Scott. To me, the tunes are bittersweet. Each starting off upbeat and lighthearted, and quickly descending into what seems, to my untrained ear, like a minor chord progression, filled with pathos. Dave Harris, a onetime member of Scott's orchestra, is pretty straightforward here. He stays true to Raymond Scott's quirky vision. Harris takes advantage of the technology and produces a Stereophonic delight. It's a clean and well thought out recording. The mix is stellar. One of my favorite records.


Oracle said...

I am looking forward to hearing this one. Oh and looks like Bongos and Brass are going to be put up next week at the PoG. Don't miss it. I know you will enjoy for sure.

Chris S. said...

Thanks for the re-link! I'm hoping to put together a radio episode of Scott's music later this summer & this'll be a great addition.

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